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Darbaar Review – what we thought

With critically acclaimed Chef Abdul Yaseen at the helm I knew I would be in safe hands, as after spending over a decade spent at the iconic Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen, he has launched his first solo project in the form of Darbaar. I love the slick yet exotic feel to the venue as soon as I arrive which has a sharing dining experience layout, inspired by the banquets of the Indian Royal Court. The main dining area also boasts an open kitchen, providing a clear view of all the hustle and bustle of the food being created. The […]

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Hot Gin Cocktails on Ham Yard Hotel’s Rooftop

Unless you’re lucky enough to be a guest at the seriously stylish Ham Yard Hotel, you’re unlikely to ever head up in their lift and emerge on the forth-floor rooftop terrace. Surprisingly serene and peaceful for central London on a Thursday night, things were no less thirsty up on the roof than they were in the packed bars of Soho below. Flavour of the night? Gin. More specifically, Sipsmith Gin. Hot Sipsmith Gin. The ‘Swan on a Hot Gin Roof’ pop-up at Ham Yard Hotel originally sold out within days, so extra dates have now been added due to popular […]

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St James’s Hotel and Club Review – What We Thought

You tend to think that not many good things can come from disputes, but it’s good that the Earl Granville and Marchese d’Azeglio had an argument with the Travellers Club in 1857. And it’s a good thing that they did decide they’d rather be members of a new club and that they’d create the club themselves, because the result was the St James’s Club, which is now the 5* boutique St James’s Hotel and Club. In its lifetime it’s seen everyone from Winston Churchill to Liza Minelli cross its doors, it’s been a favourite of Michael Caine and in World […]

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St James’s Hotel and Club Review – What We Thought

You tend to think that not many good things can come from disputes, but it’s good that the Earl Granville and Marchese d’Azeglio had an argument with the Travellers Club in 1857. And it’s a good thing that they did decide they’d rather be members of a new club and that they’d create the club themselves, because the result was the St James’s Club, which is now the 5* boutique St James’s Hotel and Club. In its lifetime it’s seen everyone from Winston Churchill to Liza Minelli cross its doors, it’s been a favourite of Michael Caine and in World […]

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St James’ Board Game Afternoon Tea Review – what we thought

Toy store giant, Hamleys, has partnered with luxury 5 star hotel, St James Hotel and Club, to create an afternoon tea ideal for adults and children alike. The tea has all your favourite elements of sandwiches and scones but the cakes are where things get interesting with a selection of board game themed pieces like cake dice, edible scrabble letters, chocolate chess pieces, shortbread dominoes and chocolate Monopoly hats. The hotel itself is lovely and has a sparkle of old English glamour about it but the service in the actual dining room was a little lacking. Twice our waiter came […]

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St James’ Board Game Afternoon Tea Review – what we thought

Toy store giant, Hamleys, has partnered with luxury 5 star hotel, St James Hotel and Club, to create an afternoon tea ideal for adults and children alike. The tea has all your favourite elements of sandwiches and scones but the cakes are where things get interesting with a selection of board game themed pieces like cake dice, edible scrabble letters, chocolate chess pieces, shortbread dominoes and chocolate Monopoly hats. The hotel itself is lovely and has a sparkle of old English glamour about it but the service in the actual dining room was a little lacking. Twice our waiter came […]

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Searcys The Gherkin Review – What We Thought

Whenever I watch the likes of Great British Bake Off or MasterChef I always think, “but what would the judges do?”. Could Paul Hollywood pull off a showstopper worthy of Mary Berry’s praise? How would their own dishes fair if they were being scrutinised to that standard? If MasterChef The Professionals judge Monical Galetti took to the challenge I have no doubt that she’d be well on the way to winning. Set to open her own restaurant later this year, the former Le Gavroche senior sous chef has created a menu which is available for a limited time at Searcys […]

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Searcys The Gherkin Review – What We Thought

Whenever I watch the likes of Great British Bake Off or MasterChef I always think, “but what would the judges do?”. Could Paul Hollywood pull off a showstopper worthy of Mary Berry’s praise? How would their own dishes fair if they were being scrutinised to that standard? If MasterChef The Professionals judge Monical Galetti took to the challenge I have no doubt that she’d be well on the way to winning. Set to open her own restaurant later this year, the former Le Gavroche senior sous chef has created a menu which is available for a limited time at Searcys […]

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Nadler Victoria Review – What We Thought

This year is set to be Victoria’s year; no longer will it just be synonymous with Wicked and the station and no longer will it be that area that you tend to just pass through on your way to somewhere else. Why? Because later this year Nova will open. Said to be Europe’s largest square, it’ll provide luxury residential apartments (at prices rumoured to rival and exceed One Hyde Park) and 18 restaurants including offerings from Jason Atherton and D&D London. M Restaurants have already opened their second restaurant in Victoria and Robert Nadler has opened his third hotel just […]

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Nadler Victoria Review – What We Thought

This year is set to be Victoria’s year; no longer will it just be synonymous with Wicked and the station and no longer will it be that area that you tend to just pass through on your way to somewhere else. Why? Because later this year Nova will open. Said to be Europe’s largest square, it’ll provide luxury residential apartments (at prices rumoured to rival and exceed One Hyde Park) and 18 restaurants including offerings from Jason Atherton and D&D London. M Restaurants have already opened their second restaurant in Victoria and Robert Nadler has opened his third hotel just […]

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Ten Room Sunday Lunch Review – What We Thought

Having received 2 AA Rosettes last autumn, Ten Room at Hotel Café Royal has recently launched a new weekly changing Sunday lunch menu. Of course one of the advantages of the weather being as it is, is that it is perfectly acceptable to go straight from the cocoon that is your bed and out to lunch (if you’re so lucky to sleep that long), where you while away the hours eating good food before returning to bed. And so that’s exactly what we did. The restaurant Ten Room isn’t actually a room; it’s a square within a room borded off by […]

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Ten Room Sunday Lunch Review – What We Thought

Having received 2 AA Rosettes last autumn, Ten Room at Hotel Café Royal has recently launched a new weekly changing Sunday lunch menu. Of course one of the advantages of the weather being as it is, is that it is perfectly acceptable to go straight from the cocoon that is your bed and out to lunch (if you’re so lucky to sleep that long), where you while away the hours eating good food before returning to bed. And so that’s exactly what we did. The restaurant Ten Room isn’t actually a room; it’s a square within a room borded off by […]

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